There are tons of DIY chalkboard ideas out there in Pinterest land, but my version doesn’t require any painting with pesky chalkboard paint and the whole project only cost me $12! Here is what you’ll need –
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EASY DIY CHALKBOARD SUPPLIES:
- 2×4 Chalkboard Panel from the Home Depot
- 1x2s, I had some left over from our board and batten wall
- miter saw
- brad nails and nail gun, or traditional hammer and nails
- wood filler or caulk
- stain or paint of choice, I used leftover paint in the garage
When I spotted this chalkboard panel at my local Home Depot, I was ecstatic. I was working on another project at the time, but picked it up anyways knowing that this was pure genius. Wood and chalkboard paint in one! That same day, I saw this chalkboard at Target that is about the same size and is triple the price!
Since there is no cutting or painting required for the chalkboard part, I got right to work. Using a level and my nail gun, I attached the chalkboard panel directly to the wall along the edges and four corners. Then, attached the frame. I used my miter saw to cut each piece of 1×2 to 45 degree angles for a clean look, caulked the seams & imperfections, and then painted them white with some leftover paint in the garage.
Ps if you are wanting a less permanent chalkboard, attach the 1×2’s with Liquid Nails or another strong glue and use large Command Strips to attach the chalkboard to the wall.
That’s it! This was a quick project I did within 30 minutes, including letting the paint dry between coats. The chalkboard is in my office, which if you didn’t know is actually just part of our hallway that was meant for linen cabinets. I’m working on a little makeover for this area so I’ll be sharing it soon!
GET YOUR FREE “LIVE SIMPLY” PRINTABLE!
I’ll be honest here and admit I am not the best chalkboard letter-er. Yes, that’s a word. 🙂 After trying to write live simply over and over again for about ten minutes, I finally remembered a tip I learned from my friend Lauren at Little White House.
EASY CHALK LETTERING:
- Season your chalkboard first, by rubbing it all with chalk and wiping it away (this will help not leave any permanent designs or lettering on the board)
- Using a computer, create your quote or saying in your favorite font and print to size
- On the back of the paper, rub the chalk heavy and evenly across the lettering
- Use tape to attach paper in the desired spot on the chalkboard
- With a sharp pencil, trace the lettering pressing firmly
- Remove the paper, and a faint outline transfer of the lettering will be on the chalkboard
- Trace over the outline with a sharp piece or chalk or chalkboard marker
- Admire your work 🙂
I can’t wait to share the rest of my office and I had so much fun with this quick and easy DIY chalkboard. Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers DIY projects and try one out for yourself!